Ex British soldier says his life was ruined by Ian Bailey investigation

The High Court has heard an ex-British soldier hasn’t seen his child in 18 years because a garda threat forced him to leave Ireland. Martin Graham is now in his third day of cross examination at Ian Bailey’s damages action against the State and Garda Commissioner for alleged wrongful arrest over the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Public Domain Image Martin Graham claims Gardai gave him cannabis in 1997 to ‘soften up’ Ian Bailey and find out information relating to the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Under cross examination he said he’d been with the gardai up to that point but felt this was wrong and so told Ian Bailey he was being ‘stitched’ up. He agreed he asked the newspapers for money for that information because he feared he was at risk and wanted to leave Ireland. The ex-soldier said he met with a journalist and was photographed with cannabis after leaving a detective’s car. It was put to him that his claims that he was subsequently beaten up by gardai and threatened with the provos are fanciful which he denied. He said he was not a witness to a murder but a witness to bad policing and corruption and he’s been in hiding for 18 years   having had to leave Ireland and the mother of his child.

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